The controversy surrounding Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — better known as Ahok — had begun in September last year when he caused outrage among Muslims for quoting a controversial verse from the Quran ahead of the elections. — Reuters pic

Jakarta election: Tense run-off expected for governor post 19 April 2017 From the section Asia.

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Try rendang curry and fried chicken at a new restaurant serving dishes from one of Indonesia's food capitals.

New again: (Above) What Kampung Weu Raya in the seaside district of Lhoknga, Indonesia, looked like a few months after the tsunami hit. — Photo: Norazam Abu Samah(Left) A bird’s eye view of Kampung Weu Raya taken by Mercy Malaysia in early September 2005, after rebuilding began.

The steadfast commitment of a quiet architect lies at the heart of Mercy Malaysia’s four-year-long reconstruction commitment in Aceh.

PLACE PIC 2 AND 6 TOGETHER, SHARING CAPTION:

PLACE PIC 2 AND 6 TOGETHER, SHARING CAPTION:

Remembering Tsunami 2004: Architecture of hope - Features | The Star Online

Remembering Tsunami Architecture of hope - Features

Azam (second from left in this 2005 photo) fit in well with the Acehnese thanks to a similarity of culture and language. — Norazam Abu Samah

Azam (second from left in this 2005 photo) fit in well with the Acehnese thanks to a similarity of culture and language.

Singapore ready to work with Indonesia following twin blasts in Jakarta

Singapore ready to work with Indonesia following twin blasts in Jakarta

Jokowi Ranks Fifth Among the World's Most Followed Leaders on Instagram | Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Ranks Fifth Among the World's Most Followed Leaders on Instagram | Jakarta Globe

Indonesians hold a demonstration in support of Muslim clerics at the National Monument in Jakarta on February 5, 2017.

Why Jakarta election could change the face of Indonesia

Indonesians hold a demonstration in support of Muslim clerics at the National Monument in Jakarta on February

New Zealanders Race To Rescue Stranded Whales | Jakarta Globe

New Zealanders Race To Rescue Stranded Whales

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Kanorejo Village in Tuban, East Java, has been flooded so many times this year that some of the villagers have taken to fishing instead of farming.

Students from an Islamic boarding school, known as pesantren, walk through floods in Sampang, East Java, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Antara Photo/Saiful Bahri)

Students from an Islamic boarding school, known as pesantren, walk through floods in Sampang, East Java, on Feb.

Children ride a raft made from banana trunks in Kudus, Central Java, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Antara Photo/Yusuf Nugroho)

Children ride a raft made from banana trunks in Kudus, Central Java, on Feb.

Residents use wooden boats to escape their flooded houses in Pasuruan, East Java, on Feb. 2, 2017. (Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq)

Residents use wooden boats to escape their flooded houses in Pasuruan, East Java, on Feb.

Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa, center, visits flood victims in Pasuruan, East Java, on Feb. 5, 2017. (Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq)

Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa, center, visits flood victims in Pasuruan, East Java, on Feb.

Students rescue tables and chairs from a flooded classroom in Kudus, Central Java, on Feb. 8, 2017. (Antara Photo/Yusuf Nugroho)

Students rescue tables and chairs from a flooded classroom in Kudus, Central Java, on Feb.

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